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March 2017

Rising support for housebuilding

According to data from the British Social Attitudes Survey more people are prepared to support new housing being built in their area. The survey suggests that support for new homes nearly doubled from 29% in 2010 to 57% in 2016, rising to 73% if the homes are affordable to people on average local incomes.

Since 2010, support for building new homes has significantly increased across all demographics, and support is strongest for building homes that local people on average incomes, can afford.

Public opinion affects the direction and consequences of housing policies and may become even more influential following the government’s decision to allow greater local control over planning decisions. At a time of great housing shortages, people’s views could prove critical in deciding whether new development goes ahead and if so what type. To read more on changing attitudes by the National Housing Federation click the link below.

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